Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dark Shadows meets Outlander

Jonathan Frid and Grayson Hall made brief, unexpected appearances on the Oct. 8 episode of OUTLANDER on Starz. It's been a while since I've seen the series (and even then, only the first few episodes of season one) and have to admit ... I don't know what the hell is going on here. It appears the show is now/momentarily set in the late 1960s? That is, if the presence of Hall, Frid, DARK SHADOWS and a color television set are evidence of anything.

Below is a clip from the episode, titled “Freedom & Whisky.” I suspect this isn't so much a jab at the absurdity of DARK SHADOWS as it is the absurdity of OUTLANDER's own wandering narrative. After all, both are cut from the same tradition of time-hopping, gloomy, "women running from houses" gothic romance. This is just OUTLANDER asserting that it's part of the same family tree as SHADOWS, and I'm cool with that.

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